LDS Perspectives: "Mere Christians?" with Robert Millet

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  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    June 7, 2017 7:58 p.m.

    I claim the privilege of calling myself a "Christian", a rather poor/bad Christian in too many regards, but a Christian nonetheless.

    Webster defines "Christian" as "one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ" or a "disciple" of Jesus Christ.

    I profess a belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. I also try--however often I fail--to follow those teachings. I also bear testimony that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of the living God. He was born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a perfect, spotless life. He atoned for my sins. He was Crucified to death and then he was Resurrected. Because of Him, His life mission, death, and resurrection, I too will live after I die. I also have the opportunity to repent and be a better person.

    With good reason did C.S. Lewis entitle his seminal masterpiece "Mere Christianity". Strip away all denominational differences in rites and modes of worship and you get to the core of Christianity.

    I claim that. I afford all others the same privilege, regardless of differences in peripheral doctrines or practices.

  • cs85 Orem, UT
    June 7, 2017 6:38 p.m.

    @MaxPower Mormons want to be regarded as Christians because Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God and the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and because they seek to pattern their lives after His example and teachings. The common insistence of some that Mormons are "not Christian" leads to the belief among the uninformed that Mormons don't believe those things or seek to live that way. Jesus asked His disciples to confess him before the world (Matt. 10:32). Seeking to clarify this misconception is one of the ways Mormons attempt to follow this admonition.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 7, 2017 12:44 p.m.

    "Why do Mormons insist on being called Christians?"
    Ask a Graham or a Falwell. It's the religion of American political opportunism, and money and power are their addictive goals.
    They'll stand beside trump to get what they want, and sell out their beliefs in the process.

  • MaxPower Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 7, 2017 11:38 a.m.

    Why do Mormons insist on being called Christians?

    Wasn't Joseph Smith told that they were all abominations? Why do we seek to identify ourselves with them?

    Does this perception, or label alter our beliefs? Are so desperate for outside approval?